Monday, January 16, 2012

Decision, Stinky Shorts, and Sour Grapes

Well, I opted to sign up for Muncie.  I went to the Louisville Landshark kick off meeting (party) this past Thursday night, and with  more and more friends signing up, I went ahead and took the plung.  I hate being signed up for this many races this far in advance, but went for it anyway.  The consensus is that Muncie run so much better, as well as has a reservoir swim, not an Ohio River Swim.  It also frees me up the weekend of the Cardinal Tri for those friends of mine who said they are done with Muncie, WTC, unavailable, ect.  I plan to either volunteer or just hang out with them.  Really, when an race that big (LONG) is concerned, I think you have to do what is right for you.  Cristina will likely come to Muncie to watch, and may still do the Cardinal Tri. 

Also, I have been having this problem with my laundry!  Ugh!  I feel like I can't get my running shorts as clean as I did before!  I have been thinking of all sorts of contributors.  The first was that maybe they are just about done.  I wear them a lot more often than my running shirts.  Why?  Well, they don't give out shorts at races like they do shirts.  I have many more shirts in my running rotation than I do shorts, partially due to running in race shirts.  Then it occurred to me, maybe I don't want some ads on my rear!!!  Maybe I am not alone in this either.  Freebie running shorts with a big race logo on the back are probably not as cool an idea as I initially thought.  Hmm, back to the drawing board.  I also don't have the "super wash" setting on my current washing machine.  I also used to add vinegar to my top loading washer.  I wasn't sure how to add it to my front loader.  Can I just put it in the prewash place?  I tried that yesterday, in combo with washing everything on warm (we also used to have a "lukewarm" setting, which was still considered "cold" that I washed everything on).  The good news is that I think the combo of the vinegar and the warm water helped, but the bad news is that I have this horrible cold and I can't really tell.  I used to use the Febreeze clean wash with my detergent, and honestly am not sure where to put it either.  Please don't tell me to read the manual!  Anyone have any advice?  Or a good tech wash you can recommend? 

Finally, Cristina is registered as a qualified runner in NYC.  She is all set.  The more I talk to her about it, the more I feel better that I am not going.  I want to race with her, but the cost is INSANE!  She has spent more on entry for this race than I did for Muncie, and that doesn't even include travel costs.  I am really thankful I have Boston this year, and can't wait.  I do know that it is a good idea from a money standpoint that I am not doing both.  It is also a lot of training to do 2 marathons in the same year.  I have never done that before.  Martian and Boston are actually the closest from a time standpoint that I will do.  It is a lot of training.  Will I be sad when NYC rolls around and I am not there, I am sure I will.  Will I be bummed she didn't sign up for Boston too?  Yes, but like I said above, you have to do the races that work for you when they get to be this major.  We should get to race the tree farm relay together this summer, so that will be really fun and not very stressful. 


Laura Boll said...

You've got an awesome year ahead of you! I can understand the disappointment with NYC, but like you said, you've got Boston! Can't wait to follow along and be inspired!

Colleen said...

You are going to have so much fun racing with friends! :)

I don't have anything on the running shorts front. Could you soak them for a while in hot soapy water. Then run them through a normal cycle?